The 2017 Junior Eurovision Song Contest is coming up at the end of this month, and we spoke to Macedonian entrant Mina Blažev about her preparations ahead of the contest.
Your song is called ‘Dancing Through Lifeʼ do you take dancing lessons? Does dancing mean anything to you?
I was taking dancing lessons till 2017 but I had to quit because I didn’t have enough time. But I’ll definitely continue with dancing lessons after Eurovision. Dancing is an inevitable part of my music life as it is closely connected to singing and it improves my performance. So, yes I love to sing and dance, it fills me with positive energy and it makes life much easier.
Can you explain the thought process behind the music video for ‘Dancing Through Lifeʼ?
I was very excited about doing my music video for my song. This is my first song so it’s my first music video too. There was a lot of positive energy during the whole process. We wanted to spread optimistic message through our video to the world that’s why there are painters, dancers, roller skaters..Life is a dance and we all should be dancing through life and be happy for every new day. We all worked hard together and we put lot of effort in this song, so we were all so excited about seeing the final product.
Would you even consider participating in the Eurovision Song Contest when you are older?
Yes I would love to take place in the Eurovision song contest when I’m going to be a bit older, I think that the Junior Eurovision and the Eurovision are two of the most popular and the most prestigious music festivals.
How was your song chosen? Do you have any personal connection to the meaning of the song?
I worked together with my producer to find the best match for me that will suit my character and be modern. There is something in this song that’s connecting with me. The whole music, the lyrics of the song, I can say the whole product is special to me. That’s why I chose this song and I enjoy while I’m singing it. The song is motivational and there is a great meaning and message behind the lyrics. Everyone in this universe deserves to be happy and to be loved and our heart should be open for everyone.
What do you imagine it will be like to represent your country at the Junior Eurovision Song Contest?
I feel very proud to represent my country but at the same time I fell big responsibility which makes me kind of nervous, but in a positive way. There is a positive energy around me and it’s my pleasure to be part of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest. The junior Eurovision is going to be a great opportunity and one enormous experience for me, I’m sure in that.
Where in the world would you most like to visit?
My dream is to be a popular singer worldwide and I would like to live somewhere in America.
Who is your idol, and what would you say to them if you had the chance to meet them?
My idols are Ariana Grande and Justin Bieber. If I had the chance to talk with Justin Bieber, I would just ask him one question: would you marry me? Hahahah! About Ariana Grande if I had the chance to talk with her I would just say that she’s my idol, that she’s the nicest human being and I will ask her if she wants to hear me singing.
How would you describe yourself?
Adventurous, Friendly, Courageous
Mina Blažev will represent FYR Macedonia at this year’s Junior Eurovision Song Contest in Tbilisi, Georgia. Her song “Dancing Through Life” was composed and produced by Aleksandar Masevski, who also composed last year’s Macedonian entry “Love Will Lead Our Way”. Mina’s song will be sung in both Macedonian and English.
Macedonia was one of sixteen countries to take part in the first edition of the Junior Eurovision Song Contest in 2003. On their debut they were represented by Marija & Viktorija with the song “Ti ne me poznavaš” finishing 12th with 19 points. Macedonia’s best result to date is 5th place, which they achieved in 2007 with “Ding Ding Dong” by Rosica & Dimitar and in 2008 with “Prati mi SMS” by Bobi Andonov.